Trainer Paul Gilligan handed six-month disqualification


Paul Gilligan: ran Dubawi Phantom at Uttoxeter in 2014

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 By Peter Scargill 4:26PM 19 DEC 2016 

TRAINER Paul Gilligan has been disqualified for six months after he was found guilty of deliberately running a horse that had previous run at an unrecognised meeting in Ireland.

The penalty, handed down by the independent disciplinary panel at the BHA on Monday, mirrors the one Gilligan received in March which was subsequently quashed as part of the Matthew Lohn affair.

Grade 1-winning trainer Gilligan was on Monday found in breach of rule (A) 29.1 in that he raced Dubawi Phantom at Uttoxeter in June 2014 after the horse had run at an unrecognised meeting. Dubawi Phantom, who won the race in question under Richard Johnson, has been disqualified from the contest. 

A statement from the BHA on Twitter read: “Following the conclusion of a rehearing, the disciplinary panel has today found Irish trainer Paul Gilligan in breach of Rule (A)29.1.

“The panel, which acts independently of the BHA, has ruled that the trainer should be disqualified from racing for six months. The panel also ruled that Dubawi Phantom should be disqualified from the race at Uttoxeter on 29 June 2014.

“The panel will provide written reasons for their finding and penalty regarding Paul Gilligan in due course.”

Who’s who?

At the original hearing in March, Dubawi Phantom was found to have raced at the Dingle festival in Ireland in August 2013 under the name of Ayres Rock.

Gilligan claimed to have received Dubawi Phantom from a friend in November of the same year and was prevented from running him at the 2014 Galway festival as stewards believed the horse to be Ayres Rock, who had run at the unrecognised meeting.

However, Dubawi Phantom had run at Uttoxeter before he was stopped from running at Galway, leading to an investigation being carried out. 


Gilligan’s case was reheard by the disciplinary panel after his original conviction was quashed earlier this year over the perception of bias.

The original panel had been chaired by Matthew Lohn, who was later revealed to have undertaken paid work for the BHA. 

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